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Keeping birds away from commercial exploitations

Birds flying high, it can be a real danger – and costly hassle – around airports or on oil platforms, for example. Well, it’s a new dawn in bird control. An animal and ‘hertz’ friendly solution, that makes birds and humans feel good. Bird Control Group has developed a laser that keeps birds away from commercial exploitations, saving major companies millions in damage each year.

FROM ONE SIMPLE IDEA

Founder Steinar Henskes is more entrepreneur than an academic. In 2010, after dropping out of university, he started selling ready-made laser technology. With an interest in lasers and technology, this smart golden boy started developing his own products. He experimented with one of his lasers in a field and noticed that birds flew away. After that, Steinar perfected the technology and took it to market: each year there is over 25 million euro worth of damage done by geese in the agricultural field.

Bird Control Group started selling handheld lasers to farmers.

Yet, Steinar has always had a wish for developing a technology that could serve the aviation industry. So he just wrote an e-mail to someone he thought was important at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, got himself a deal with one of the biggest airports in Europe, and perfected his technology once again.

THROUGH YES!DELFT

Steinar is not a bird watcher, nor is he an environmental activist. He wants to do something good for the world with his technology. So he applied to YES!Delft in 2013, because he wanted his company and small team of engineers to grow and serve more industries. The tech incubator was, according to Steinar, an obvious choice being a high-tech company serving the B2B market.

Without YES!Delft’s network, partners and reputation, Bird Control Group would not have the authority they do now within their market. But, “you are responsible for your own success”, Steinar underlines. At YES!Delft he felt challenged by the other startups – his peers – to just get his company to a higher altitude.

TO A GROWING COMPANY

Bird Control Group is now the market leader in developing and manufacturing automated laser bird repellents. There are conventional methods, but these are noisy, unfriendly to birds and only ‘treat the symptoms’. The challenge for Bird Control Group is to make companies aware of their alternatives. Their ambition is to solve more issues in bird control that could not be solved before.

And that’s also Steinar’s personal ambition as an entrepreneur.

Bird Control Group still resides happily in the YES!Delft building. Steinar describes their workplace as “somewhere where you can actually get some work done”; he likes the functionality of the YES! offices and space. It’s a melting pot of (cultural) backgrounds with English as a common language.

What’s more, Bird Control Group opened their North American office a few years ago. The company solves bird issues all over the world at farms, industrial warehouses, refineries, feedlots, airports, and many more applications.

 

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Milestones

  • July 2013 – laser installation at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
  • September 2014 – contract with Total E&P Nederland
  • November 2014 – the launch of Agrilaser Autonomic
  • December 2015 – adaption of a resolution by the Dutch Parliament to stimulate the use of Bird Control Group lasers
  • March 2016 – take-over of U.S. based distributor

What does a startup scout do?

As the startup landscape in the Netherlands keeps expanding, new types of jobs keep springing up. For example the startup scout. But what do they do? Our very own Emma Kluwen answers that question and more in her interview with Sprout!

Read the whole interview, in Dutch, here.

Does it sound like your dream job? You’re in luck! We have a position open for a startup scout at YES!Delft. You’ll have to hurry though, because the application deadline is September 19th (17:00), 2019.

More information about the job and how to apply HERE.

UNIIQ invests in Qlayers

Congratulations to YES!Delft startup QLayers! At the Metropoolregio Rotterdam Den Haag-event 2018, it was announced that investment fund UNIIQ will support the further development of QLayer’s coating print head to the tune of € 300,000.

QLayer’s print head, the Slash100, enables fully the automated and controlled application of paint to large, industrial surfaces, while minimizing paint loss through mist. This makes the Slash100 an efficient and environmentally friendly solution, without compromising the quality of the finished product.

The full press release (in Dutch) can found on the UNIIQ website.

Meet YES!Delft’s fresh batch of tech startups

From nano-coolants to inventory tracking drones, and dissolvable bone implants: tech incubator and accelerator YES!Delft proudly presents the new batch of startups from its Accelerator Program! Over a three-month period, the selected startups in the tailor-made program set the foundations of their business. The ultimate goal of YES!Delft’s Accelerator Program is to help the startups hit the ground running in their market and enable them to grow to EUR 1 million in revenue.

At YES!Delft we have over 13 years of experience and expertise to support tech startups in Blockchain, MedTech, Artificial Intelligence, Aviation, CleanTech, Robotics, and Complex Technology. We offer guidance and an ecosystem of mentors and experts, investors, and innovative corporations to help startups make the biggest impact possible. Now, these eight ambitious startups are ready to bring their tech solutions to the market to meet their first customers and find their first investment.

 

Apply for the 2019 Accelerator Program now!

 

THE TEAMS

HySiLabs
HySiLabs delivers a unique hydrogen transportation solution: an innovative hydrogen liquid carrier. Hydrogen is transported as a liquid, which is easier, cheaper and safer than in a gaseous form, enabling the use of existing logistics.

MedCore
In modern surgery, it is fundamentally important that surgeons get a thorough insight into the patient’s anatomy using medical images. However, the need to remain sterile in operating rooms (ORs) means that surgeons are reliant on someone else to perform simple actions such as zooming in on an image. “My procedures would be greatly enhanced by an intuitive way of controlling imaging tools from inside the sterile zone,” says Maarten van der Elst, trauma surgeon at the Reinier de Graaf hospital in Delft. Our personalized OR dashboard, AirControl OR, can be controlled by anyone from anywhere in the OR through sterile and intuitive hand gestures. We are working in close collaboration with clinicians and hospitals to make this solution an essential improvement for any surgery and are open to new collaborations.

Mythronics
Mythronics is an artificial intelligence platform which helps industries to reliably inspect, monitor and analyze their critical assets autonomously. Our AI platform will simplify data processing tasks, generating reliable insight that will help experts predict the probability of failure and helping them to make data-driven decisions.

Olympian
Artificial intelligence is changing the world. From managers to developers, Olympian enables anyone to learn AI. It’s an online platform that teaches AI in a new, and unique manner. Together with university professors and industry professionals, Olympian creates concise videos, engaging quizzes, and fun assignments to learn AI within days.

Sophos
A big problem in the warehousing industry is to maintain an accurate inventory count.
Therefore it is common practice to perform routine manual inventory counts, which are slow, expensive and disrupting to daily operations. At Sophos Robotics we use small autonomous drones for inventory tracking, which reduces lost inventory as well as warehouse downtime. We are currently preparing our first pilot project and are looking for more partners in the warehousing industry.

Synano
Boost the cooling performance of your high-tech equipment with our nano-coolants! Synano develops next-generation cooling fluids that contain nanoparticles, which remove heat faster than current coolants. Nano-coolants can make your equipment smaller, faster, efficient and reduce your energy consumption.

Phoenix Bone Tech (PBT)
PHOENIX BONE TECH (PBT) is the first Dutch MedTech startup manufacturing dissolvable bone implants for orthopedic surgery. The use of magnesium composite implants eliminates the need to remove the implant because the material itself becomes bone. No second surgery, no implant failure and no risk of infection.

Praxa sense
Heart rhythm diseases are often discovered late; the symptoms are vague and hard to recognize. This causes roughly a third of all deaths around the world, making cardiovascular disease the number one killer globally. Praxa Sense is developing Afi, a small sensor that a patient sticks on his arm and that helps general practitioners in early diagnosis of heart rhythm disease. With Afi, Praxa Sense introduces a long-term monitoring device that supports the first line care and smoothes out the patient journey. To create the best product for and by general practitioners, we are looking for general practitioners that want to co-design and think along the design process.

 

Accelerator Batch 2

 

BUILDING TOMORROW’S LEADING FIRMS

At YES!Delft we believe in the impact tech startups can have because they provide a crucial contribution to the progress of our economy and society. We foster technological startups to become leading in their industries. We promote and stimulate entrepreneurship to accelerate solutions to modern-day challenges. At YES!Delft we unite the forces of startups, coaches, investors, and innovative corporations to fuel entrepreneurial success. We offer guidance and support in building and growing a company and we encourage students, professionals, and scientists on their path of entrepreneurship. Because we put the entrepreneur’s interest first, promising ideas of ambitious people can be turned in to solid startups and successful companies.

Apply for the 2019 Accelerator Program now!

Mars lander with a local touch

You hardly could have missed it – last night the NASA InSight lander touched down on the surface of Mars. We are especially excited, as YES!Delft startup T-Minus Engineering has been involved with the mission.

InSight’s objective is to study the ‘inner space’ on Mars. More precisely, to gain an understanding of the formation and evolution of terrestrial planets and determine the planet’s tectonic activity.

Since 2013, T-Minus Engineering has been part of the project as a subcontractor of DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt). They were specifically involved with the HP3 payload, which is central to the mission’s objective. The payload consists of a mechanical “Mole” that can penetrate the surface up to 5 meters.

T-Minus Engineering was involved via DLR Bremen in the Assembly Integration and Testing (AIT) work on prototypes, proto-flight and flight models of the Mole. Moreover, they worked on the development- and qualification testing activities, in terms of test design, preparation, execution, and reporting.

 

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Artificial intelligence: Enhancing people and businesses alike

Big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are no longer a vision of the future. In fact, they are already changing the way we go about our daily lives and work: from making processes more accurate and efficient, and deriving once-unthought-of insights, to developing life-changing applications. Their potential is undeniable and it is only bound to grow.

Tech startups, in particular, have identified and embraced this trend. Whether targeting business clients or end consumers, many of them have discovered the potential of machine learning and AI to bring unique value to the market.

AI for the maintenance industry

One of those startups is Dutch Analytics, a young company – co-founded by entrepreneurs Yannick Maltha, Jorick Naber and Victor Pereboom – that leverages machine learning and AI to help businesses improve their predictive maintenance capabilities.

Its innovative AI driven Predictive Maintenance platform collects and analyzes all types of data, providing users with quick and actionable insights about the state of their assets.

Dutch Analytics started in 2016 and grew out of a corporate-startup collaboration with BAM Infra Rail, a Dutch construction company, and with the support of the Venture Generator, a business bringing corporates and startups closer together. It is also a part of YES!Delft’s portfolio.

 The team’s decision to focus on machine learning and AI technology was largely based on the need of BAM Infra Rail to become more data-driven and efficient in optimizing their maintenance process.

“We live in an information-driven society,” Victor says. “There are large amounts of data that we need to measure, and AI enables us to squeeze more insights out of it.” That is especially true for businesses that deal with ever-growing amounts of data on a daily basis.

While many might see the deriving actionable output as their biggest challenge, Victor and his team think a few steps ahead: “The challenge is actually in getting the right input.”

Basing results on incomplete or not fully relevant data is as good as basing them on no data at all. Thus, Dutch Analytics – now a team of 13 – make sure that they are transparent with their clients and work hand-in-hand with them to collect, process and analyze their data. After all, the beauty of an AI platform is its ability to learn as more data comes in, so it’s crucial for it to be learning the right lessons.

 

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AI to help the visually impaired

Working closely with their customers is also AI startup Envision, part of YES!Delft’s community as well. Founded by entrepreneurial duo Karthik Mahadevan and Karthik Kannan, the company has developed an AI-powered tool that helps visually impaired people become more independent in their everyday lives.

It all started a few years back when Karthik M. visited a school for visually impaired children in India, and asked them about the biggest challenge they’re facing. The most common answer: to become more independent. That experience, together with a keen interest in AI, set him on a journey to find a solution. “I’m a designer,” he says. “Finding solutions is what I do.”

He teamed up with Karthik K. and in early 2017, they laid the foundation of Envision. In only a year, they have developed software that can be applied to a number of different platforms and is currently available as a smartphone app. With it, visually impaired people can use their phone to take pictures of objects, people or scenes, and immediately understand what is in front of or around them. In their own language, too.

As the technology is based on AI, users can tag objects and faces, thus teaching the app to automatically recognize their personal belongings, as well as family, friends, and more.

“The market has shown that they need an intuitive design,” Karthik M. says. In making that possible, the two founders spent a lot of time observing how visually impaired people use the app.

“A lot of them operate it with voice, so audio output turned out to be very important,” Kathik K. adds. “That was something we learned along the way and made sure to adapt to.” As a result of catering to the specific needs of their customers, Envision has been enjoying an increasing number of users every month.

While AI has great potential in improving people’s lives and enhancing business processes alike, it is still largely dependent on human knowledge and interaction. Startups understand that and are ready to build a future where people and technology work hand-in-hand to make each other better.

 

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Vacancy Program Trainer

YOU, YOUR MISSION & THE IDEAL OUTCOME

Do you want to work with the coolest innovators in technology? YES!Delft is hiring a Program Trainer (1,0 FTE).

As Program Trainer, you are able to train entrepreneurs along the entire program line-up of YES!Delft. From customer discovery to investment needs, you are able to share your knowledge and guide the teams in the right direction. You are able to facilitate a group training, and you are able to have interesting and guiding 1 on 1 coaching conversations, as well. You monitor the path of the entrepreneurs and their start-ups and guide them when necessary. You will manage two of our focus areas and create mini-communities within our incubator. Together with the program coordinators and the other trainers you are responsible for the content of the entire training program of YES!Delft. And finally: you have a crucial role in the YES!Delft ecosystem: you are able to link the right contacts for all the start-ups and people in the YES!Delft network.

 

ABOUT YES!Delft
YES!Delft is a start-up incubator that supports entrepreneurs in building and growing technology companies. Over the last 13 years YES!Delft has become one of the leading incubators in the world. YES!Delft offers coaching and support to graduates, scientists, engineers and corporate professionals in their start-up journey. Our programs turn promising technology ideas into solid start-ups and help them grow to successful companies. Entrepreneurs get access to mentors, experts, serial entrepreneurs, investors and corporate partners who share their know-how and experience.

 

YES!DELFT PROGRAMS

YES!Delft offers multiple programs, based on the process most, if not all, tech innovations/innovators go through:

  • Validation Lab: a 10-week part-time program for graduates, scientists and (young) professionals with the ambition to start a tech business. Validation Lab is all about finding customers and creating the insight that they are the key to a profitable business.
  • Once the start-ups have a validated product-market fit they can enroll in our acceleration & incubation programs where the focus is on sales, building a team and funding. The basis of these programs is mentoring, 1 on 1 coaching and small masterclasses on subjects like negotiations, growth hacking or investments.
  • Our growth program is designed around strategy development and personal development of the start-up management team. Its content is entirely need-based, which gives much-needed flexibility to the start-ups.
  • Corporate programs focused on education, ideation and commercial & technical validation of corporate innovations and corporate venturing within our Innocubes concept.

 

YOUR COMPETENCES

  • Have (at least) a completed WO degree or level obtained through relevant work experience
  • 3-5 years’ work experience
  • Strong organizational qualities and presentation skills
  • Strong analytical skills & a good listener
  • Experience with facilitating groups & giving workshops
  • You are stress-proof and always see opportunities for improvement
  • You are driven & accessible
  • You are a sparring partner for colleagues, starting entrepreneurs, coaches, investors and other people in the YES!Delft network
  • Affinity with start-ups, preferably tech
  • Affinity with lean start-up, business modeling & scaling methodologies
  • Good knowledge of the English language (both speaking and writing)

 

WE OFFER YOU
The largest tech start-up ecosystem in the Netherlands where you have the opportunity to develop yourself and implement your own ideas. Being actively involved in the development of dozens of inspiring, disruptive innovations and work with smart, ambitious and successful entrepreneurs. You will work with a driven and ambitious team that goes above and beyond to support start-ups and builds a thriving ecosystem, day-in-day-out. YES!Delft offers a unique opportunity to contribute, learn and grow in the world of entrepreneurship.

HOW TO APPLY
We look forward to your application. Please send your application to programs[at]yesdelft.nl in the attention of Iris Visser before December 20th, midnight. The first round of interviews will be on 27th and 28th of December. For questions please contact: Iris Visser (program coordinator) via programs[at]yesdelft.nl.

Startup Story: Scoozy

Imagine you have difficulty walking and you need to get from A to B in a fast, safe and convenient way. No problem. You can do that, and you can do it in style, too. Dutch startup Scoozy is developing a mobility scooter that is easy to use, has intuitive steering and braking and is good-looking, and caters to people – old and young alike – with a walking difficulty.

FROM A SIMPLE IDEA

Job van de Kieft, founder of Scoozy, had known for years that one day he would start his own company in the field of electric driving. Yet it wasn’t until 2014 that he refined his focus: “There’s one group that’s been driving electrically for over 40 years, and those are people with difficulty walking,” he says. They’ve been doing so with mobility scooters.

Yet, mobility scooters nowadays are far from being flawless. On the one hand, people perceive mobility scooters as very stigmatizing because they are designed as an helping aid instead of a way of transport. On the other, they are often quite unsafe: “There were 28 deaths in the Netherlands last year, and 75% of the accidents are one-sided, caused by the people driving the scooters.”

Job and co-founder Jan Willem van Gent are on a mission to change that. With their team, they are working to develop a mobility scooter that serves as a way of transport, and not as a crutch. They see it as the “Tesla of mobility scooters”, and want to make it “so cool that anyone would drive one – even if they don’t have any difficulty walking.” To do so, the startup is focusing on a design that is nice and slick, as well as on creating a vehicle that is intelligent, connected and safe, with a low point of gravity and intuitive steering.

THROUGH YES!DELFT

Thus far, the startup has a preproduction model of the product and the is now working on production of the first series, expected to be revealed in January 2019. With a busy schedule ahead of them, the team is happy to have YES!Delft guiding them along the way.

“[The Incubation Program] is about not making the same mistakes that other startups have made before you,” Job says. “It is so important not to have the simple things go wrong at the start of your company, and that is what’s great about YES!Delft: You know that, [with their help] the base of your startup will be fine.”

In addition, due to the competitive selection process, being part of the Incubation Program gives the startup a “quality stamp”, which Job is sure will be important in the months to come.

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TO A GROWING COMPANY

Today, Scoozy has a core team of 5 people. Together with strategic partners for development and production they are working hard towards their next set of milestones. With a demo already out there, the startup is about to launch a marketing campaign to highlight market introduction at early 2019.

Now that the first series is almost ready, the team’s focus is shifting to the scaling phase. The team has already received  1.3M funding and sold out the first series. They are now working towards a  second round of funding for growth. Securing a B2B partnership is another main priority, which will help the startup create a distribution channel.

There’s certainly a lot coming up for team Scoozy, with the Tesla of mobility scooters awaiting at the end of the road.

Milestones:

March 2016 – Company founded

September 2016 – First loan secured

September 2016 – Admission to YES!Delft’s Incubation Program

September 2017 – First round of investment secured

November 2016 – Demo finalized

November 2018 – Start of production first series

Early 2019 – Launch first series

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